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Las Vegas Stories - Archives: July 2010
blackjack switch sign My wife's favorite game is Blackjack Switch. A couple years ago my wife and I were playing Blackjack Switch together and betting green chips. I'm a progressive bettor and I increase my bet by one chip every time I win. My wife and I were on a winning streak and had worked our way up to $100 per spot. We won our next hand and I, out of habit, added another green chip to the stack. I had added it before the dealer had paid the bet. After she paid me, I corrected her and told her I had inadvertently pressed my bet before she paid me.

The dealer told the lady pit boss who immediately told us to leave the premises, saying I was caught capping my bet. I argued and she called the casino manager who had watched me on the monitor, showing me capping my bet. Luckily the other players at the table backed me up, saying I had brought my error to the dealer’s attention. My more experienced gambling associates told me that I could have been arrested and turned over to the local constabulary.
~Stoney 2007 line
Date: July 13, 2010 @ 1:48pm PST     Comments     Filed Under: Mistakes, Uncomfortable Situation
megabucks sign The largest amount anyone has ever won on the Megabucks (a progressive slot machine) is $56 million. The guy that won was in his early 30’s and from California. After he won he did what any sane person would do, he quit his job. But his company had a contract with him and the contract said that this guy had to be employed for a certain number of years. That company sued him for the exact amount that he won $56 million. This is one of the stories that make people think the Megabucks is cursed.
~Heather 2007 line
Date: July 12, 2010 @ 12:55am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Las Vegas Urban Legends
parking garage My wife and I were leaving a casino via the elevator; we were heading up towards the parking garage. In the elevator with us were 5 cops. One of the cops looked at me and said “How's it going?”I replied, "I've never felt safer.”They all laughed and one of them said, "You don't know us.” That was followed by a louder roar of laughter from the cops.
~Stoney 2005 line
Date: July 11, 2010 @ 12:19am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Uncomfortable Situation, Unexpected
I was dealing single deck blackjack when a woman sat down and changed $100. After playing for 5 minutes it was obvious to me that she was new to blackjack and had no idea what she was doing. I tried to be nice and tell her how to play but she insisted on playing her way, which was fine with me. My gambling motto has always been “It’s your money; you earned it, so you can spend it however you please.” The woman at the table told me, “I started playing yesterday morning; before that I had never played blackjack before. My husband received a blackjack tournament invitation and he didn’t want to play so he gave his ticket to me. I played my way yesterday in the tournament and won 1st place, so I want to keep playing my way. It worked in the tournament so it will work here.” I didn’t argue with that and she left an hour later with $125.
~Heather 2006 line
Date: July 10, 2010 @ 12:47am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Luck, Mistakes, Winning
$30 on both a 6 and 8, craps table Craps is a difficult game to learn. They say it takes 3 years (@ 8 hours a day/ 5 days a week) before the break-in dealer is ok… just ok... decent at best. I had been learning craps for a year so I wasn't very good. When you’re new you have to act like you know what you’re doing because there are players that look for a nervous or unsure dealer so they can take advantage of them. These people are called Strokers, they come to a table with a new or bad dealer and they call out crazy or confusing bets that are not normally made. If the dealer pays the Stroker over the amount the Stroker won’t say anything and he will take the money. But if the dealer pays under, you know the Stroker will be screaming at the boxman about how he was robbed and how the dealers should know his numbers. I had this Stroker on my side of the table and he gave me $60 and said “6 and 8”. So I put $30 on 6 and $30 on 8 because this is a very common bet. Two rolls later an 8 hit and I paid him $35. He threw the money back at me and screamed “No! This is wrong. I said $60 on 8 you moron!” My floorman made me pay him $70 instead of $35 and I was so pissed because I know I heard the bet correctly the first time.
~Heather 2008 line
Date: July 9, 2010 @ 8:47am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Cheating, Mean People
people sitting at a bar I was dealing on a roulette table that was positioned right next to the bar. I had a couple of players on the table and all of us were talking and having fun. A man, who was sitting at the bar, stood up, took 2 steps, stopped and then fell flat on his face. Two girls that were on my table jumped up ran over to him and turned him over. His face was red but his nose was blue and smashed. He was awake but completely drunk. The girls were able to sit him up on the nearest chair, which was the bar stool, and then they came back to the table and started playing again. After 5 minutes the bartender walked up to the guy and offered him another drink! You could see that this guy was obviously intoxicated and I’m pretty sure the bartender saw the guy fall over but he still gave him more alcohol. 30 minutes and a few beers later the inebriated man stood up, took 2 steps, stopped and fell flat on his face; again, for a second time. My floorman, Jon, who had been watching the whole thing, picked up the phone and called security. When security came they dragged the drunk into a wheel chair and rolled him to the front desk to see if he was a guest, he was, and then they escorted him back up to his room. Jon put in a formal complaint against the bartender. No bartender should serve someone who is that wasted.
~Heather 2007 line
Date: July 8, 2010 @ 11:16am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Drunks
Fremont Street sign I used to work as a henna artist on Fremont Street, right outside of the 4 Queens, when I was 18 years old. It was the best job I ever had. I had so much fun painting henna tattoos on people and getting paid more then what I had made working at a fast food place. I would have to work the weekends from 4pm until midnight and it didn’t get busy until 8pm; so for 4 hours I would have to resort to people watching. There are a good amount of people that are either homeless or crazy (or both) that walk around downtown. Well what happened was I was watching a woman around the age of 60 who was homeless and looked a little crazy. She had layers and layers of clothes on and it was in the middle of July. In July our normal temperature is between 100-110 degrees. She had medium length hair and it was grey, scraggly, and poking every which way. Her hair looked like she hadn’t run a brush through it in years. She would walk up and down Fremont Street endlessly. I was watching her walk her 8th lap when she stopped right across from me. She pulled down her pants, squatted and she urinated and then took a long shit on the street. Just then, a bicycle cop was riding by and he did a double take before making a u-turn and pulling up beside her. He called for backup and 2 other bicycle cops rode to them. They had to wait for her to finish taking a shit before they could haul her off to jail. It was so funny watching 3 cops having a friendly conversation and in the middle of the group was this old crazy woman taking a shit.
~Heather 2001 line
Date: July 7, 2010 @ 11:47am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Bodily Fluids
megabucks machine Years ago this man was playing the Megabucks and he hit the jackpot for $20 million. The casino worker came over, took him upstairs, and made him fill out paperwork. An hour later he was walking towards his car and as he was leaving he passed another Megabucks machine. He only had $20 left so he decided that since he had just won he might as well give his last $20 to the company. So he put the $20 into the machine and he ended up hitting the Megabucks jackpot again! Twice in one day for a total of $27 million.
~Heather 2004 line
Date: July 6, 2010 @ 12:21am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Las Vegas Urban Legend
hallway of rooms *All the names are fake.

I went to Las Vegas on vacation and I was staying at a well-known hotel & casino. On my 3rd night I had a blast partying, getting drunk, etc. I started to go back to my room at the end of the night but I had forgotten my room key so I went to the front desk and asked them for help. They sent a security guard up to my room with me, he unlocked the door and we tried to open it but it was manually locked from the inside. We heard a voice from the room which is weird because I was staying alone, nobody should have been in my room. The man behind the door starts screaming, “What are you doing? Why do you want in?” The security guard said, “I’m Craig Thompson. I’m a security guard. We have Ted Bromber here; he is drunk and has lost his key so we were letting him back in his room.” “I’m Ted Bromber, I’m not drunk and there is no one here but me; so leave me alone, you got the wrong room!” We walked back down to the front desk and told her what happened. Apparently there were 2 Ted Bromber’s in the hotel and she had gotten us mixed up. To make up for it they comped me one night free in my room and they did the same to the other Ted Bromber.
~Anonymous 2007 line
Date: July 5, 2010 @ 7:52am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Mistakes
I was dealing in pit 6 (the sports book pit) and it was New Year’s weekend. The whole pit was crowded with loud, young people and on my table there was one girl who was louder than the rest. She had long dark hair pulled into a ponytail and she was wearing a shirt with a fur collar. She was in her early 20’s and was wearing blue eye shadow. She was making so much noise that the floorman, John had to go over to her and ask her to quiet down. She looked at him like he had a weird growth coming out of his neck. A little while later the cocktail waitress came over and the girl asked for John’s name so the waitress gave it to her. At the end of the night the noisy girl walked over to John and gave him a big hug. She told him that she was his long lost niece. They hadn’t spoken in 10 years because they had lost touch of each other. She said that John was more like a big brother then an Uncle; after work they got together and exchanged information. Since everyone from around the world wants to come to Las Vegas you never know who you are going to run into.
~Heather 2007 line
Date: July 4, 2010 @ 12:20am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Unexpected
In 1990 Summerlin was built; this is a rich community 30 minutes away from the strip. Construction workers were digging up the ground and they were finding bodies from the mafia days. The company had to stop construction, rope off the area, and call in a forensic investigator. One of my friends was a construction worker and he said, “My boss told me that if I find any dead bodies, I shouldn’t say anything. I should just cover it up with dirt or concrete and keep going. It cost too much time and money to stop.” These houses go for 1 million dollars or more and it’s interesting to think that some of them might have dead bodies under it.
~Heather 2004 line
Date: July 3, 2010 @ 10:14am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Las Vegas Urban Legends
7 card straight flush on a pai-gow table I've been dealing for some time and have managed to learn many table games. My absolute favorite game to deal was Pai-gow. The biggest hand I have ever dealt on a Pai-gow table was a 7 card straight flush which pays 1,000 to 1. The winner had a $5 bonus bet so he took $5,000 on the bonus plus there was an envy bet. That means that any person playing $5 or more on the bonus gets paid an envy bonus. At that time the table was completely full and everyone was playing $5 on the bonus. It was great; I was able to pay $500 to every player at the table for this one guy’s hand.
~Heather 2007 line
Date: July 2, 2010 @ 12:04am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Winning
I was dealing blackjack when suddenly something small and light ran into my foot. I looked down and it was this adorable dog, a poodle-fox terrier mix, running around exploring everything. I heard, “Bebe… Bebe…” and I looked up and saw Richard Belzer from Law & Order, along with a group of people, calling for the dog. The dog stopped what he was doing and ran over to him. Richard picked up the dog and walked to the nearest bar. When I got on break I walked over to them and talked to Richard and the group for a couple minutes. They were all very nice people, I enjoyed it.

Here is a picture of Richard Belzer & his dog, Bebe.

~Heather 2006 line
Date: July 1, 2010 @ 9:33am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Celebrities
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